At our Leadec location in Gaimersheim, Germany, Katharina is currently completing an apprenticeship to become an electronics technician. Her tasks include switchgear assembly. She finds wiring the components fascinating. Leadec supplies the finished switchgears, e.g., to vehicle manufacturers.
She Gets the Job Done
Katharina already finished an apprenticeship as a retail assistant, but she didn't think that it was the right thing for her. After that she spent a year abroad and discovered her technical talent. “There, I had my own car, which I also repaired when necessary. Through this, I realized that I would like to have a technical occupation,” the apprentice says. At a job fair, Katharina took a look at the occupations of mechatronics technician and electronics technician and decided to apply for vocational training at Leadec. Now Katharina is in her second year of training to become an electronics technician for energy technology and building services at Leadec in Gaimersheim.
Assembled Step By Step
“I'm in the switchgear construction department. We mainly build distribution panels, e.g., light and charging infrastructure distribution panels. They are stations that are used, e.g., to charge electric vehicles.” The apprentice describes the procedure as follows: “I put the enclosure together. Then I insert the mounting plate. I mount the individual components such as terminals or electronic fuses on it. They are housed in a distribution box with circuit breakers for protecting the circuit. Finally, I start to wire it all up.” That's what Katharina likes the most, and when doing it she can show off her manual skills. “I wire a switchgear according to a wiring diagram. I receive that from my project manager. He goes through the diagram with me, discusses the tasks, and helps me with questions. Soon I will learn how to create these diagrams myself. I am looking forward to it.”
Installed By Hand
Switchgears can be very complex. The electronics technician in training works on small light distribution panels for one or two workdays. For larger installations such as a distribution panel for the charging stations for electric vehicles, she is busy for more than a week. In any case, the apprentice can be proud of the result. “I find assembly very fascinating. When a switchgear is assembled completely without errors, I see what I have accomplished,” says Katharina enthusiastically. “Every part that I install I previously held in my hands. Naturally, I also perform mechanical tasks. I cut, e.g., copper busbars. They are installed in large switchgears for energy transmission. To make sure they fit in the enclosure, I file and saw them. So, I do everything needed for installation, and I think that's really great.”
Facts on Training to Become an Electronics Technician at Leadec:
Educational Form: Dual education program with apprenticeship and vocational education
Duration: 3.5 years
Requirements:Mittlere Reife (intermediate school-leaving certificate obtained after about ten years of schooling) • Interest in technical processes • Logical thinking • Good knowledge of mathematics and physics • Good interpersonal skills • Diligence
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